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Re: Analysis from a JHU CS Prof
From: David Charlap <David.Charlap () marconi com>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 15:52:03 -0400


Many really small regional airports allow you to board without
going through metal detectors/bag x-rays. Once you get off the
plane at the destination(larger airport) you're behind the
"secure" zone, and can also board another flight without going
through one.

In 1996, NBC's Dateline ran a story on the lack of security at major
airports (Boston and Newark).  During yesterday's news coverage, they
referred back to this story and mentioned that procedures have not
changed much since then.

According to that Dateline article:

- A Dateline staffer was hired to drive a cart around the airport,
  and was "promoted" to X-ray monitor after two days.  They never
  performed a background check, nor did they contact any of his
  references.

- Their people were able to walk through secure areas, onto the
  tarmac, into baggage compartments, into wheel wells, and into
  passenger compartments without incident.  Their person was not
  wearing any airport badge.  He walked past numerout airline
  employees and was never stopped or questioned.  They were
  successfully able to plant a package under a seat, and retrieve it
  at the plane's destination.

NBC's article from yesterday (which cites the 1996 Dateline article) is
http://www.msnbc.com/news/627379.asp

No amount of questioning people at the ticket counter will do any good
when the hiring system can let people with no references and no
background check have unrestricted access to the airplanes.  With
security holes like these, the hijackers don't even need tickets.

-- David


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